1. The extreme or last point or part of any material thing considered lengthwise (the extremity of breadth being side); hence, extremity, in general; the concluding part; termination; close; limit; as, the end of a field, line, pole, road; the end of a year, of a discourse; put an end to pain; -- opposed to beginning, when used of anything having a first part.
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof. --Eccl. vii. 8.
2. Point beyond which no procession can be made; conclusion; issue; result, whether successful or otherwise; conclusive event; consequence.
My guilt be on my head, and there an end. --Shak.
O that a man might know
The end of this day's business ere it come! --Shak.
3. Termination of being; death; destruction; extermination; also, cause of death or destruction.
Unblamed through life, lamented in thy end. --Pope.
Confound your hidden falsehood, and award
Either of you to be the other's end. --Shak.
I shall see an end of him. --Shak.
4. The object aimed at in any effort considered as the close and effect of exertion; ppurpose; intention; aim; as, to labor for private or public ends.
Losing her, the end of living lose. --Dryden.
When every man is his own end, all things will come to a bad end. --Coleridge.
5. That which is left; a remnant; a fragment; a scrap; as, odds and ends.
I clothe my naked villainy
With old odd ends stolen out of holy writ,
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil. --Shak.
6. Carpet Manuf. One of the yarns of the worsted warp in a Brussels carpet.
An end. (a) On end; upright; erect; endways. --Spenser (b) To the end; continuously. [Obs.] --Richardson.
End bulb Anat., one of the bulblike bodies in which some sensory nerve fibers end in certain parts of the skin and mucous membranes; -- also called end corpuscles.
End fly, a bobfly.
End for end, one end for the other; in reversed order.
End man, the last man in a row; one of the two men at the extremities of a line of minstrels.
End on Naut., bow foremost.
End organ Anat., the structure in which a nerve fiber ends, either peripherally or centrally.
End plate Anat., one of the flat expansions in which motor nerve fibers terminate on muscular fibers.
End play Mach., movement endwise, or room for such movement.
End stone Horol., one of the two plates of a jewel in a timepiece; the part that limits the pivot's end play.
Ends of the earth, the remotest regions of the earth.
In the end, finally. --Shak.
On end, upright; erect.
To the end, in order. --Bacon.
To make both ends meet, to live within one's income. --Fuller.
To put an end to, to destroy.
End v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ended; p. pr. & vb. n. Ending.]
1. To bring to an end or conclusion; to finish; to close; to terminate; as, to end a speech. “I shall end this strife.”
On the seventh day God ended his work. --Gen. ii. 2.
2. To form or be at the end of; as, the letter k ends the word back.
3. To destroy; to put to death. “This sword hath ended him.”
To end up, to lift or tilt, so as to set on end; as, to end up a hogshead.
End, v. i. To come to the ultimate point; to be finished; to come to a close; to cease; to terminate; as, a voyage ends; life ends; winter ends.
n 1: either extremity of something that has length; "the end of
the pier"; "she knotted the end of the thread"; "they
rode to the end of the line"
2: the point in time at which something ends; "the end of the
year"; "the ending of warranty period" [syn: ending]
[ant: beginning, middle]
3: the concluding parts of an event or occurrence; "the end was
exciting"; "I had to miss the last of the movie" [syn: last,
4: the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and
that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to
achieve it; "the ends justify the means" [syn: goal]
5: a final part or section; "we have given it at the end of the
section since it involves the calculus"; "Start at the
beginning and go on until you come to the end" [ant: beginning,
6: a final state; "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called
glorious experiment came to an inglorious end" [syn: destruction,
7: the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional
object; "one end of the box was marked `This side up'"
8: (football) the person who plays at one end of the line of
scrimmage; "the end managed to hold onto the pass"
9: one of two places from which people are communicating to
each other; "the phone rang at the other end"; "both ends
wrote at the same time"
10: a boundary marking the extremities of something; "the end of
11: the part you are expected to play; "he held up his end"
12: the last section of a communication; "in conclusion I want
to say..." [syn: conclusion, close, closing, ending]
13: a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been
used or sold [syn: remainder, remnant, oddment]
14: a position on the line of scrimmage; "no one wanted to play
v 1: have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense;
either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles
terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where
you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property
ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"
[syn: stop, finish, terminate, cease] [ant: begin]
2: bring to an end or halt; "She ended their friendship when
she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime";
"The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful
period after WWI" [syn: terminate] [ant: begin, get
3: be the end of; be the last or concluding part of; "This sad
scene ended the movie" [syn: terminate]
4: put an end to; "The terrible news ended our hopes that he
in Heb. 13:7, is the rendering of the unusual Greek word
_ekbasin_, meaning "outcome", i.e., death. It occurs only
elsewhere in 1 Cor. 10:13, where it is rendered "escape."